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Old 08-23-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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Continental Divide Ride August 2009

8/18/09- Day 1- Arkansas to Dodge City, KS
Loaded up this morning and headed for Denver, ran into a few showers but nothing much. Made it to Dodge City, KS where we got to enjoy the smell of cattle processing plants….ugh….room was good though and so will head out in the am on into Denver where we will unload and park the truck and trailer at relatives then head north to Montana on the 20th.


8/19/09 – Day 2- Dodge City, KS to Col. Springs, CO
Got into Colorado Springs about 1pm and unloaded the bikes and packed everything back on and made last minute checks. Nice weather about 75 degrees and will be sunny next few days on up to Montana. Will head out early AM on the 20th

8/20/09 Day 3- Col. Springs to Dubois, WY
On the bikes now and anxious to put some miles behind us. Rode hard all day and made it to Dubois bucking 30-40 mph head winds and steep grades the whole way. Normal mileage went out the window and we found ourselves filling up about every 120 miles or so. We had some fourth gear grinds with the wind kicking our buts and elevation between 5,800 and over 9,000 feet. Ended up with a 512mile day. Very tired for sure.

Still we did see some great sights too. Finally the end to a long day and a room to get some rest and a shower.


8/21/09 Day 4 – Dubois, WY to Wise River, Mt
Today would be a little easier with only about 366 miles to roll up.
Found a lot of construction and resultant delays today but made it into Wise River, MT. by 4:30.
Rode through some beautiful country even though it was on pavement.



The Grand Teton national park and mountains are always fantastic.


I like the town of Jackson Hole, WY too.. as long as you don’t have to stay there, it’s quite expensive but great little town for sure.

Found a room at the Wise River Club, oh and yes it is the only hotel in town.

No air conditioning either but a nice shower, good food and cold beer.….was very hot in the room until later in the evening. Got to park my bike under the owner’s private awning too……

Here are the days stats

Tomorrow we start out on the actual Continental Divide trail!

Lee and Burt met up and headed out to camp so decided to split up for the rest of the trip. Here on I'll be on my own. After the dust I encountered the first day on the CD ride I was glad that I was.


8/22/09 Day 5 – Wise River to Near Yellowstone, WY – Camped out
Got to test my camping gear for the first time, have had it for a long time but never put to use until today. Worked well and after a long day in the saddle again rolled up 311 miles in the dirt as I rode out of Mt, through ID and into WY. Very fun day with lots of differing terrain and outstanding vistas along the way.

Montana..













Lots of very nice ranches too, this is the “Canyon Ranch” and is top drawer to say the least.

I stopped in Dell, MT. for gas and food before again heading South toward Yellowstone.



Out of Montana and into Idaho..



Entering Wyoming......love those bored hunters....


The other side of this water gate..


Major forest fire here, I see the renewal already starting with new trees starting to show some green.

I cruise on down the Western side of Yellowstone and end up in the Southern part to camp for the night at camp flagg.

I ask about rooms....nope but got some cabins.....how much.....$196 for the night.............how about camping...oh, yeah there $26.....sounds good.
I set up not far from the showers and food....


Later on I had a guest stop in to check out the "new guy"....any food bud?

I turn in early and had no problem getting right to sleep. Thought I might since this was my inaugural camping deal.....I will say this is a hell of lot of work but I slept pretty well all things considered.

8/23/09 – Day 6 Yellowstone to Pinedale, WY -164 Miles
I got up at the crack of dawn and broke camp (sounds easy but is a lot of work….especially getting everything down to the smallest size like I had it so it fits on my bike)
Was on the road at 6:50am and rode on South East. After about an hour I stopped for breakfast at a Dude Ranch….hey it was right on the way and they had hot Coffee per the sign…
Sure enough, this young lady fixes me right up with a short stack and coffee.
After some food I felt much better and headed out again.
Little did I know that this view was going to become a more common sight.

Then it clears up some and I enjoy some more beautiful vistas

Oh, yeah and then there was this to keep you looking every chance you get...


Rode some roads today that were deep gravel with heavy water ledges making it a “full time job” just keeping the bike under me. I made it to Pinedale about 12:30 when the rains came….

looked up at the mountains I was heading for and they were socked in so I got a room and worked on the ride report. Forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look much better but “PM” thunderstorms may mean if I leave early thirty I can make some good mileage…….
Wish me luck, more as it happens.



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Old 08-23-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:50 PM   #3
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Me, too! Can you identify the road that had the nasty gravel? I hate gravel.

Also, can you comment on the Yamaha's long-distance highway performance? Colorado Springs to Dubois, Wyo, and then to Wise River, Mont., is one helluva highway haul on a 250.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:01 PM   #4
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Me, too! Can you identify the road that had the nasty gravel? I hate gravel.

Also, can you comment on the Yamaha's long-distance highway performance? Colorado Springs to Dubois, wyo, is one helluva haul.
On the gravel, once you jump off 287 in WY and head down to Pinedale, WY you will have your hands full BUT there is so much other out there that is just beautiful if you don't mind some hard ridding it is worth it!

My bike runs interstate speeds no problem and once I opened up the intake and exhaust with aftermarket slip on then added the fuel mapping it really woke the bike up. It is no problem pulling down 500 mile days on this little bike. The rub comes with high altitude and looooong steep grades you have in the rockies. I was fortunate in that I added more fuel across the rpm range and this little bike just pulled like a 650! Rode with a KLR all the way no problem. I'm sure he could have outran me if he wanted to but I was able to cruise 65-70 even at 9,000 feet. Loaded down with two weeks gear and full camp gear as well I felt it was extremely good. I am more than pleased with it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:08 PM   #5
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Thank you. I have a friend who is considering that bike.

Sounds like Union Pass Road is where you encountered the gravel. I drove it on four wheels a few weeks ago, and noted that ... and the mosquitoes, which were unbearable at that time.

Enough of that ... more RR! I can't wait to hear about the leg from Pinedale/Boulder to South Pass and across Wyoming.

Pouring rain here in Idaho Falls, not too far from Pinedale. I'll be thinking of you ... hoping you don't hit too much rain and mud hereafter. Holler my way if you need any assistance.

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:28 PM   #6
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Rain

Thanks, rain is coming down in buckets here too, hate to see that cuz I know it will be challenging enough without mud and water to navigate.

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Old 08-24-2009, 09:31 PM   #7
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Looks like you are headed quickly to NM--be aware that it has been raining in norhern NM and Brazos Ridge (south of CO border across highway 17 south to El Rito and Cuba to Grants could be well--muddy). Just be prepared. My post of the CDR from this month can be found at the link below (updates are scattered thru the posts as I did them as I rode) if you need something to give you a feel for those areas when they are wet. Ride safe.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:25 PM   #8
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Looks like you are headed quickly to NM--be aware that it has been raining in norhern NM and Brazos Ridge (south of CO border across highway 17 south to El Rito and Cuba to Grants could be well--muddy). Just be prepared. My post of the CDR from this month can be found at the link below (updates are scattered thru the posts as I did them as I rode) if you need something to give you a feel for those areas when they are wet. Ride safe.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=493140
Yes! Thank you, that is my intended route for the 26th so will be on the lookout for mud. I read your report great job!
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:29 PM   #9
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CD Ride Day 8

8/25/09 – Day 8 Steamboat Springs to Salida, Co. 249 Miles
Got up and checked the radar, 40% chance today but looked like I might be able to miss the rain as it was just moving out of my intended path to Salida.
Morning was very nice and the sun came out for a beautiful sun rise over the mountains in Colorado.


Roads were much more technical today and the average speed was way down as was the total mileage. But great roads and good to have a little more difficulty too. Biggest problem was “BOVINE”.seems they had camped out on the roads this morning and would take some careful negotiation to get around them.

After an hour or so I came to my first of two water crossings of the day, this one was deep. Water was over the header of the engine and I noticed the change in the exhaust note as it covered the header. Made it through ok and was on my way again.


Roads became much more technical now with steep ascents and descents along with ruts from when ranchers had traversed them when wet. Had to really stay on my game as they were very narrow over the mountain and going off the side would end my trip for sure.

Got into Breckenridge, CO. mid morning and the views were magnificent! Got up over 11.5K In altitude as well.

Came across this old railroad water tower from the 1800’s on my way over the mountain.


Then the roads turned into fast gravel and I pushed to make time. Great fun again of course as I negotiated them.
Ran across more mountain bikers on my way into Salida and the roads narrowed and became very steep with constant tight switch backs coming down the mountain into Salida. I stopped by "Fat Tees" but they were closed for three days....no T Shirt I guess.

Got a room at the trusty Circle R motel, some good Mexican and did necessary maintenance on the bike.
Tomorrow I might be able to hit New Mexico but will be a very long day if I do.

More as it happens.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:13 PM   #10
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Subscribed. Great ride, really enjoying it. I'm interested in your windscreen. I'll bet that helps on the long paved sections
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:42 PM   #11
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Great reading

Planning on doing the CDR next summer. Great job, looking forward to more.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:30 PM   #12
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10 Cup,
Nice ride, thanks for sharing it. I clicked on this report because I hope to do the CD ride myself sometime. Tomorrow I plan to purchase an 08 WR250R if the bike checks out as advertised. Your input has been timely for me thanks. Can you give me the low down on the windscreen?
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:26 PM   #13
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Nice pictures. Thanks.

Did you plot your own way on GPS or did you download a track?

Going next August.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:29 PM   #14
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Hola. I heard about the CDT a few months ago and may be in a position to return home on it. I'm on a 08 GSAdventure and would put some knobbies on it if I end up going on the trail. I ride a KTM 300 EXC on trails quite aggressively but I'm not sure about the extra weight of the GS? Any feedback on how anyone thinks this bike would do? I've only seen dirt roads at this point in the pics I've looked at and that has increased my confidence.
I recently road the 'USAL' road along the west coast between Ferndale and Leggett in CA. Any idea how that road compares?
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Made it to Dodge City, KS where we got to enjoy the smell of cattle processing plants…
I used to travel for work... And it sent me to Dodge City once. I would say that when you pass these plants you can smell the death in the air. If I remember correctly.. The name of the plants where Cargil and Execel.
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